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January 11, 2013

The Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester is urging local environmental and community groups to nominate practical environmental projects that could be undertaken by a future Coalition Government.

Mr Chester said the Coalition would implement a 15,000 strong Green Army if it was successful in the Federal election during 2013.

He said the Green Army would be comprised of teams of up to 10 people including a coordinator to undertake local environmental projects and young people participating in the program would receive a training wage.

“The Green Army policy is designed to respond to local community priorities by tackling practical environmental issues,” Mr Chester said.

“If The Nationals are successful in forming government with the Liberal Party after the next election we will be supporting practical environmental projects which also have the potential to boost the regional tourism industry.

“Practical environmental projects can deliver long-term jobs and support for the local economy.

“There are huge environmental problems with weeds, wild dogs and other feral animals across Gippsland which require attention.

“Throughout our river catchments, we need to undertake erosion control activities and revegetation work to improve water quality.

“Carrying out small infrastructure projects will also enhance the tourism experience for visitors.”

Mr Chester said the Coalition was seeking submissions on potential projects in Gippsland for its Green Army to undertake.

 “Groups may work together with the Green Army to get the job done or they may act as coordinators for projects,” Mr Chester said.

“I’m keen to see projects put forward by the community which reflect local needs and priorities.”

Any groups wishing to put forward a potential project should contact Mr Chester’s office on 1300 131 785 or via email at

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